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Germany: Muslims Impose Pork Bans in State Nurseries and in Rental Contracts
by Cheradenine Zakalwe
A nice currywurst or a few crispy Wiener sausages at mid-day – this is something more and more children at state nurseries have to do without. The reason: in many day nurseries there are children from Muslim families, and as, according to Islamic belief, pork is seen as impure, consuming it is not "halal" (allowed) and thus forbidden.
Particularly in nurseries on the east bank, where the proportion of Muslim children is especially high, bratwurst and meatballs are offered exclusively in chicken and beef versions. "Generally we don't have pork, as we have lots of children from an immigrant background. There were attempts to incorporate pork into the menu but it provoked irritation among the parents," confirms Regina Baumann, director of the Marienwerder Straße nursery in Kiel-Wellingdorf.
There were also objections to ribs and schnitzel on the west bank in the Goethestraße nursery. "The parents didn't want it. Otherwise we would have had to cook extra for Muslim children," explains director Oliver Kaiser. He estimates the proportion with an immigrant background at just ten per cent.
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